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Local Wedding Guide: Connecticut

Weekly Wrap Ups

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We’re wrapping up our week with another installment of our Local Wedding Guide series. Next up is Connecticut, filled with stately grounds and utterly chic couples. These wedding pros are based in CT, but are ready to jet off to wherever their couples will wed:

Event design by Jubilee Events and florals by Blush Floral Design. Photo by Katie Slater for Carla Ten Eyck

Kristin Studio

Event Design:
A Polished Plan
Jubilee Events
Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs

Hana Floral Design
Blush Floral Design

Worthington Pond Farm and Gardens

Wedding Decor:
Word Couture

In case you missed any of our features from this week…

Philadelphia wedding at Terrain
Geometric 30th birthday party from Jesi Haack
Borrow Baby Couture: children’s clothing for rent
Dana-Powers House wedding: part I
Dana-Powers House wedding: part II
Neon wedding inspiration from Emerson Events
Tissue paper garland tutorial
DIY neon striped glasses
Goodies for your bridesmaids from Weddington Way
Berry-inspired Floral Shoot from Sarah Winward
This Anaheim backyard wedding
Mountainside wedding at Mammoth Lakes

This week, in Recycle Your Wedding

Alfred Sung “Pippa” wedding dress
Collection of vintage fork stands
Set of chalkboards and glass votive holders
Petite crinoline for wedding dress
Anthropologie monogram mugs
Lot of 62 china plates
Streamer photobooth backdrop

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View all Connecticut weddings and check out our entire directory of pros!

Daily Pick

Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Mammoth Lakeside Wedding

Romantic Weddings

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Today’s wedding from Braedon Flynn is just… beyond. Beyond chic, beyond gorgeous, and beyond creative. Bride Alexandra Works began planning her wedding with fiancé Anthony, only to find “the wedding was starting to plan us instead of vice versa” — so they shifted their vision to something more befitting of their personalities, and ended up with the incredible wedding you see here. Don’t miss the end-of-day video from The Cana Family!

bride and groom by lake

From the bride, Alexandra: Finding the venue was the toughest decision for us, but thankfully we decided destination wedding was the way to go. We wanted our special day to be more of an experience for guests rather than a one day event. We originally started planning our LA wedding when we realized the wedding was starting to plan us instead of vice versa. I grew up vacationing in Mammoth Mountain and Anthony and I started going a few times a year whether it be during the winter to snowboard, cozy up next to a fire and play scrabble, or fish, hike or golf in the spring/summer months. We love being outdoors, escaping the hustle and bustle of our LA lifestyle and really appreciating what mother earth has to offer. Mammoth Lakes could not have been a better fit for us and our nature loving, outdoors-y crew. Some guests skied and snowboarded while others hiked by the lake or hung out poolside.

white bridal glovessilverware with inscriptions

mountain wedding invitations

something blue weddingdress hanging from tree

teal seychelles wedding shoes

pictures in gold framesbride getting dressed

bride getting ready

bride placing garterbride getting dressed

Having studied visual communications and graphic design, I was fortunate enough to be able to print everything off my Epson printer – couldn’t live without it. I am a huge nerd for paper goods and hand crafts, and was so excited with how our invites really captured my style. From day one of planning, I knew I wanted to incorporate burlap, white tones and precious metals into our overall theme. I envisioned what one calls a ‘rustic chic’ vibe… natural yet glamorous. My mom so graciously sewed vintage lace onto the borders of the burlap table runners (these are for sale!).

bride and groom in mountains

bride lace gowngroom in suit

bride and bridal party

galvanized tin decorwhite green bouquets

flower girl processional
doily wedding ring pillow

It was important for me to provide guests with easy access to water (I drink a ton), so I made the table numbers into bottle labels. I loved how the vintage prayer cards turned out – I bought these cards at Michaels and put stickers on the back – super easy! One of the most fun DIY projects was picking out 200 different vintage hankies with girlfriends at a swap meet. Not to worry we had them dry cleaned! They turned out to be beautiful once pressed with our wedding monogram embroidered on each hankie. Guests were excited to receive a welcome/thank you crate with some snacks and goodies along with a weekend itinerary. We can’t tell you how many people were so grateful they had a snack on hand once arriving after long travel.

bride and groom canoeing

wedding in the mountainswedding in the mountains

chalkboard drink list

wedding in the mountainswedding in the mountains

green gold centerpieces

wedding in the mountainswedding in the mountains

black white escort cards

I still cannot believe it SNOWED! Mammoth weather is always unpredictable, but it was 80 degrees the week before in the high sierras. Waking up to snow falling on the big day was pretty spiritually moving, not to mention insanely gorgeous. It was majestic. It doesn’t get better than repeating our vows to one another in front of our closest friends, family and God. That moment will forever make my heart melt and knees go weak. Best decision hands down – hiring our talented photographer and videographers. They outdid themselves and we have the proof for life. Just thinking about the Cana Family’s wedding preview being played at the reception gives me the chills.

green glass centerpieces

white green bouquetspink reception drinks

bride groom bridal party

jenga block guestbooksjenga block guestbooks

vintage china place settings

white green centerpieceswhite green centerpieces

newlyweds kissing outdoors

We still get a kick out of our Jenga guest book (each guest wrote whatever their heart desired on a wooden block). Etsy! We’ve played almost every week since the wedding and it’s so fun to read guests’ hilarious creativity. I absolutely loved our cake! I knew I wanted something a little out of the box with more of a homemade feel – Sue Ebersold blew our guests away with yumminess! We loved our big wooden farm tables and benches with no linens. This made our burlap runners, garland, peonies and eclectic plates by to really come together beautifully. Our DJ Kacey Campbell really knows how to get a crowd going. Another great decision was to invite all guests to dance before dinner had begun. This got the entire party on their feet literally jumping with excitement. We are quite an intense dance crew, but we’d recommend kicking off your reception with a few top dance songs to get the mood flowing.

cake table with banners

vintage place settingsnaked wedding cakes

bride groom kiss among crowd

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Wedding Location: Mammoth, CA / Wedding Photographer: Braedon Flynn / Wedding Venue: Convict Lake Resort / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza / Hair and Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy / Wedding Veil: Anthropologie / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles “All Dressed Up” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier / Groom’s Suit: Tazio / Groom’s Shoes: Stacy Adams / Groom’s Tie: Antonio Ricci / Event Design: Bride, Alexandra Works / Event Planner: Katherine Webb and Meghan Schinderle of Intertwined Events, Sandra Di Domizio of Green Fox Events / Wedding Flowers: Patricia of Red Lily Floral Design / Wedding Caterer: Convict Lake Catering / Welcome Crates: Anything Goes Catering / Wedding Cake: Sue Ebersold of The Breakfast Club / DJ: Kacey Campbell of Vox Entertainment / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride, Alexandra Works / Videographers: The Cana Family and Nic Stauber

Daily Pick

Dart Collective

DJs • Bands • Party Down

Started as a California-based DJ collective in 2013, Dart has now grown to include numerous live musicians and performers, all with the same simple goal of offering a more customized and personal approach to music curation at weddings and special events.

At Dart, we are all working DJs and musicians. Music is our passion and we want to share it with you and your guests—whether that means digging through vinyl crates for that one song you have to have, or customizing a repertoire list for one of our bands to flawlessly execute, our main goal here is to elevate and personalize your event so that it uniquely represents you.

Despite our attention to detail, we are not elitists and we do not take ourselves too seriously. These events are supposed to be fun, inclusive experiences and we want to only enhance that feeling by playing the best music we can. Whether it’s getting down to LCD Soundsystem or setting the mood with Paul Simon, we want to offer something a little different that will still connect with you and your guests.

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Anaheim Backyard Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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We just love when we’re able to share a little bit of insight from the groom on his wedding day, so we were elated to hear from groom Ben about his wedding to Shauna photographed by Kym of Ventola Photography. We may have even gotten a little misty-eyed when he mentioned that their wedding day was on the 6 year anniversary of their first kiss! Keep an eye out for some subtle touches of the couple’s love of Harry Potter :)

outdoor backyard weddings

From the groom, Ben: We met at a get-together at my older brother’s apartment, and after Shauna persistently inquired about me to my older brother, I decided to try a romantic first date. I chose to take Shauna to see X-men, with all of my close friends, and they all approved of her! We spent the next 6 years discovering and enjoying all of the food, great beer, wizarding worlds, and good company that we could on our many adventures.

birdcage bridal veil

love gold earringsshort wedding dresses

vintage groom getting ready

vintage groom lookbride with tattoos

teal seychelles shoes

I soon realized that this was something special and not just any girl would enjoy spending her free time touring the Anderson Valley Brewery with me (Our favorite brewery, and the two beers we served at the reception). In 2010 I moved to Seattle for school, and Shauna stayed in California awaiting my return after the 9 month school year. It was the distance and time apart that led me to realize that I didn’t want to be without Shauna ever again, so I proposed the next time she came to visit. Our wedding date was our 6 year Anniversary from our first kiss on my mom’s porch. The venue is within these oak trees, it is somewhat of a hiking trail. We were drawn to the natural aspects of the venue and outdoors.

teal yellow bridal party

ceremony outdoors

teal backdrop ribbons

white ceramic arrangementsgreen yellow bouquets

bottlecap decor ideas

We hired a gourmet food truck (burgers/sliders) for the caterer. We did succulent arrangements and just a pop of color and those bistro/bulb swags for lighting… We are inspired greatly by Anthropologie! We are craft beer drinkers, so our favorite beer will be in kegs at the wedding. :) I like the idea of vintage with a modern touch. I really wanted to pull off a unique and stylish wedding without looking too crafty.

teal green bouquets

ribbon streamer backdropscalendar wedding guestbooks

outdoor backyard weddings

shutter escort cardsshutter escort cards

vintage wizarding books

teal white decorharry potter decorations

food truck receptions

newlyweds cake cutting

This couple incorporated hints of Harry Potter throughout their wedding, and that made it that much more awesome! Shauna had been planning a surprise for Ben long before the wedding. She had an antique motorcycle rebuilt by a friend of the couple, which she brought out after the ceremony to surprise Ben with.

succulent wedding decor

cat cake toppersharry potter decorations

newlyweds first dance

motorcycle wedding surprisemotorcycle wedding surprise
outdoor backyard weddings

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Wedding Location: Anaheim, CA / Wedding Photographer: Ventola Photography / Wedding Venue: Oak Canyon Nature Center / Event Styling: Red Velvet Occasions / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee / Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles / Bride’s Hair Accessories: Mignonne Handmade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Wedding Flowers: Pixie’s Petals / Wedding Caterer: Chef Joe Youkhan’s Tasting Spoon / Wedding Music: Tim of Pacific Events

Daily Pick

Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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